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Wanted: Scientific Heroes

By | July 18, 2005

Who would have thought that a ragtag group of entertainers could have an impact on the biggest social and political questions of the day?


All Misdeeds Great and Small

By | July 4, 2005

A clutch of research misconduct stories has hit the news in recent weeks.


Basic Research: It's Worth It

By | June 20, 2005

As a society we are making huge investments, both intellectual and financial, in the life sciences.


Science is Not Relative

By | June 6, 2005

In a recent essay bemoaning the loss of psychology in favor of what he considers an overly biologically deterministic psychiatry, Richard C. Morias, a senior editor at Forbes, confesses a "vague suspicion" that "21st century America is ... suffering from an unhealthy obsession with science and technology."1 Certainly, it's difficult to escape from coverage of these issues. Morias' is an intriguing and provocative thesis, but sadly, his claimed obsession is just a loud idle burbling rather than a


How to Fix Drug Ads

By | May 23, 2005

If you've ever had doubts about the power of advertising, take a look at a recent study appearing in the Journal of American Medical Association.1 Richard Kravitz, from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues found that when "standardized patient" actors portraying depression visited doctors and asked for Paxil, 27% of them walked out with a prescription for the drug, compared to just 3% of patients who described the same symptoms but did not ask for Paxil. That finding should be con


The Pope and Science

By | May 9, 2005

As we write, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has just been formally installed as Pope Benedictus XVI.


Stem Cells: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

By | April 25, 2005

In this issue of The Scientist, we bring you an article by Ricki Lewis on somatic cell nuclear transfer (p. 12) and a Vision by cloning pioneer Ian Wilmut on why research needs cloned human embryonic stem cells (p. 16). On the research front, things are progressing in leaps and bounds. But in other respects the stem cell phenomenon remains, to borrow Winston Churchill's famous observation on Russia, "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."Take the introduction of therapies. It's a riddl


Women, Science, and Academia: A Three-Point Plan

By | April 11, 2005

ve questions such as, "Can women do math?" Women can do math, they can do science, and they can do engineering.


Curiosity Won't Kill Science Classes

By | March 28, 2005

I'm concerned about the state of science teaching.


The Straight Dope on Gene Doping

By | March 14, 2005

Professional sports are at the peak of their power.


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